Earthmoving Events

Komatsu ready for Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo

As Gold Sponsor of the Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo, Komatsu will again be showcasing its technology advantages to attendees

Komatsu is DDT Expo Gold Sponsor

Komatsu will again be the Gold Sponsor of this year’s Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo, to be held from April 8-10 at the Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek.

As Gold Sponsor, Komatsu is the primary earthmoving and construction equipment supplier supporting the Expo.

Located on Stand B1, Komatsu will have one of the largest displays at the event, with a focus on its Smart Construction project management offering, a new protype cabless electric-powered excavator and its low emission technologies, says Chris Moroz, Komatsu’s sales manager – central region.

“We will also be highlighting our technical solutions that contribute to environmental best practice and sustainability in construction products, as well as our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workforce,” he says.

Moroz says this is the second year Komatsu has been the Gold Sponsor of DD&T Expo.

“We are excited to again be the Gold Sponsor of this national DD&T expo,” he says.

“For us, this is a great opportunity to be showcasing our latest technology and innovations, in addition to our general products and support capabilities, to a national audience for the broader civil construction industry.

“Our presence here also enables us to speak to and listen to people in the industry about their needs and challenges.

“We are back here again, because each year we have been the Gold Sponsor, we’ve had great feedback and sales success from customers.

“We see this as a unique opportunity to market our latest technologies, products and services on offer in a more personal way, directly to the industry.

“And, importantly, our DD&T Expo Gold Sponsorship is an opportunity for Komatsu to really show our commitment in supporting the industry and the businesses at its centre.”

Unique concept electric mini excavator

A highlight of Komatsu’s stand at the DD&T Expo will be its prototype all-electric mini excavator. This unique excavator has no cab, is fully remote-controlled and introduces a new concept in how earthmoving operations are carried out.

“Designed to lay the foundations for the next generation of fully electric construction equipment, this three-tonne mini-excavator harnesses Komatsu’s technological expertise in electric forklifts and mini excavators,” Moroz says.

“It incorporates never-before-seen technologies on mini excavators, including lithium-ion batteries and electric – not hydraulic – cylinders.

“Visitors to Komatsu’s DD&T Expo display will have an opportunity to view this unique new machine, and see it in operation for themselves,” he says.

Low emissions technology 

Komatsu has been a leading provider of ultra-low emission Tier 4 Final powered machines in the past few years.

With this technology increasingly widely accepted, the company is looking at ways to lower costs for customers.

One recent initiative has been the opening of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) remanufacturing (reman) facility at its Fairfield head office.

This provides customers with the opportunity to further reduce their costs of operation by purchasing completely reconditioned, fully warranted replacement DPF units.

“Komatsu reman DPFs are available through our service and parts departments and cost approximately one-quarter to one-third the price of a new unit,” Moroz says.

“Changing over a DPF is a very straightforward process for our customers. We offer a fixed price, depending on the machine model, and it’s simply a matter of giving us the old DPF when we swap it out.”

Smart Construction 

Komatsu will use DD&T to show- case its Smart Construction suite of offerings that are designed to help improve productivity and safety in the construction, quarrying and mining industries, through the application of unique technology and integrated products.

Developed to work across mixed-brand equipment fleets, Smart Construction provides a single “one-stop-shop” service and support solution across all phases of a project’s lifecycle.

It captures information that can be used to solve problems or enhance operations and safety of a construction jobsite for customers and stakeholders.

A series of Smart Construction webinars for Komatsu customers will soon start on a monthly basis, running through to early 2023.

Komatsu will be displaying new technologies and products

These webinars will give both existing and potential users insights into what this technology can do for their operations and projects, and how to get the best from it.

“Representatives of our Smart Construction team will be onsite at DD&T, ready to talk to customers about how its application can deliver significant benefits to project and site safety, productivity, efficiency and the bottom line,” Moroz says.

Komtrax updates

Komatsu’s remote monitoring system Komtrax underwent a significant upgrade early in 2022, with these changes now being included in new machines. Key features and updates include a new single sign-on capability for added convenience and security, increased machine status visibility, additional safety features, operator ID and machine idling statistics.

Komatsu’s specialist Komtrax team will be on hand at DD&T to discuss these latest features, and how this technology can help customers improve machine management, safety and operational efficiency.

In February this year, Komatsu celebrated the sale of its 20,000th machine covered by Komtrax across Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

“We were proud to deliver our 20,000th Komtrax-enabled machine to Sydney-based Cono Services in mid-February,” says Mary Jo O’Donovan, Komatsu’s Komtrax systems co-ordinator.

“Cono Services took delivery of our latest model PC490LC-11, which incorporates Tier 4 Final emissions technology to significantly reduce the impact on our environment.

“And it features our latest generation of Komtrax, which lets us provide additional data for the benefit of our customers, such as seatbelt alerts and time-of-day idle information.”

Throughout DD&T, Komatsu staff and technical experts will be on hand to talk to visitors about all aspects of the company’s products and services, and to offer advice and assistance with any issues or questions.

“We’ll also be running competitions where visitors and their families will have the chance to win prizes, and take advantage of show special offers,” Moroz says.

“And we particularly welcome families to come and visit our stand, and find out more about Komatsu, its products and services, and its people.”

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